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‘Love Is The Way’ premieres at Friday Harbor Virtual Film Festival

  • Tue Oct 20th, 2020 3:27pm
  • Life

Submitted by the Friday Harbor Film Festival.

“Love is the Way” brings together voices speaking in defense of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, highlighting the generations of stewardship by Gwich’in and Iñupiaq people. Inspired in part by footage of the late photographer Michio Hoshino, this film explores the friendships, values, and stories shaped by the place, and the strong commitments to its protection. From award-winning filmmakers Jeremy La Zelle and Kirstin Gates, this film reminds us of the sacred connections between us, and the ways that a place can teach us how to live with respect and compassion.

Filmmaker Kristin Gates will participate in a livestream Q&A at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, alongside Senior Producer Ryan Arash Marsh of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center and frontline community members from the Gwich’in Nation. View this film on demand during the Festival, Oct. 15-25. Full details about his film and Q&A are available at

Là Zelle is a leading adventurer, expedition photographer and cinematographer. His documentary work has led him to the Arctic, the Himalayas, remote regions of Africa and South America, and beyond. He has won numerous international film festival awards for his documentary work.

Gates is a filmmaker who uses documentary film to tell stories that pertain to environmental and human rights issues. Kristin has lived in Alaska for the last ten years and has become an expert in expedition travel.

The 2020 Friday Harbor Virtual Film Festival runs from Thursday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 25, providing on-demand access to 20 award-winning feature documentaries, 12 short films and 11 student short films. All are suitable for the entire family. Full details about the films, how to view them, and how to vote for your favorites is available at

Purchase your All-Access Pass for $75 or 5-Film Pass for $35 now at tickets for $8.50 are also available. Gather your family together, as all can watch on one pass!